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A Letter from Kyle & Emily

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! Kyle is the Worship Pastor at our church and Emily works in Residence Life at a Christian college. We’ve always wanted to adopt and talked about it before we were married! Our family is close, active, and creative. We love spending time together playing games, exploring outside, doing art projects,  and listening (and dancing) to music. We experienced the joy of adopting our youngest son and are excited to adopt another African American child or sibling group to add to our multi-racial family!

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About Us

Our families have been friends forever, so we’ve known each other since we were babies! We spent some time together as kids, but really got to know each other in college. We started dating shortly after we “re-met” and have never looked back! We love taking trips, trying new foods, and opening our home to friends and family. We’ve been happily married for 12 years, and have welcomed three amazing kids into our family! All five of us are excited to welcome another child into our family and pray for you every night at bedtime!

About Kyle from Emily

Kyle is a loving husband and an attentive, patient, kind, and creative dad. He regularly takes the kids to get donuts, plays hours of backyard baseball and soccer with them, and helps our kids create various toys out of scrap wood.  He’s also a musician and plays 5 different instruments!  He’s constantly looking for ways to share Jesus’ love with our kids, patiently answering their questions, reading the Bible, and teaching them how to pray.  Kyle is an amazing dad and is excited to teach our next child how to be respectful and hard-working while showing kindness and compassion to others.

About Emily from Kyle

Emily is incredibly kind and makes everyone feel at home around her. She loves baking, spending time on the trails and the beach, and is always up for talking with friends over coffee or sushi. Emily is strong, passionate, and works hard for what she believes is good and right.

Emily’s also a great mom.  She happily reads our kids favorite book ten times in a row when they ask and loves including them in dinner prep (which they love). Emily’s also a huge encourager and supporter for our kids. Whether they’re sharing about an art project or a soccer game she just watched them play, she’s always sharing hugs, high fives, and a focused, listening ear to hear every detail our kids want to share. Emily looks forward to teaching our next child how to love other people well and do what is right.

Our Children

Asher is 6 and loves playing sports of all kinds in our backyard, playing games, and reading! He loves kindergarten, too, and spends half his day in an English-speaking classroom and half his day in a Spanish-speaking classroom.

Eden (4) is extremely creative and wants to be an ambulance driver when she grows up because she wants to “drive fast and help people.” She also looks forward to her weekly art class!

Owen (2) has an ear for music and is constantly asking to listen to songs or play instruments! He’s very affectionate and gives lots of hugs. We adopted Owen as a newborn and enjoy talking with him about his birthmom and the beautiful way God brought him to our family!

All three of our kids are excited about adopting again and are so excited to meet their new sibling!

 

Our Home in Indiana

We’ve lived in the same town our entire married life and love it!  We live in a beautiful two-story historic home in a vibrant lake town. We also have a large fenced-in backyard with a garden, raspberry bushes, and a mature mulberry tree  that provides fruit and vegetables for us to snack on all summer long. Our house is a short walk from wooded biking/walking trails, a lake, a park with a splash pad and beach, and a bunch of small shops and restaurants.

Our Promise

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and consider us!  We are honored to be considered the adoptive parents of your child! We will teach them about Jesus’ love for them and promise to provide unconditional love, encouragement, multi-cultural education, and a bright future for your child.  We’re open to staying in regular contact with you and sharing letters, pictures, and visits.  Please know that, as a family, we’re already praying for you and your child.  We look forward to getting to know you and your hopes for the future!

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Kyle & Emily

  Kyle Emily
Our EducationMaster's Degree in Intercultural StudiesMaster's Degree in Intercultural Studies
Our ProfessionsWorship Pastor at our churchDirector of Residence Life at a local Christian college
Stay-At-HomePart-time - Kyle is home three days per weekPart-time - Emily is home four days per week
Our Racial BackgroundWhiteWhite
Some of Kyle & Emily's Favorites
Favorite FoodIce Cream Sushi & Chocolate
Favorite TV ShowSports This Is Us
Something I'd love to achieve in my lifetimeVisit every major league baseball stadiumLearn a second language
Favorite Family ActivityRandom dance partiesWading into the creek near our house looking for frogs and turtles
My Dream VacationSpainPuerto Rico - relaxing on the beach and hiking in the rainforest
Favorite BookThe Screwtape Letters, by C.S. LewisHarry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
A little known fact about meI lived in Brazil for a year when I was 8 years oldI was cast in a local commercial with my brother when I was a little kid
More About Our Family
Our Special Interest in Education

We love learning together! We both graduated with master's degrees in Intercultural studies. As part of our degree, we lived in Ireland for a summer studying religious history and culture. We are often sharing articles with one another, particularly on the topic of the integration of faith and culture. In the past few years, we have learned a lot about injustice and racial reconciliation which has humbled us greatly. We have had the opportunity to lead a few book studies with college students on this topic in our home! We are always up for learning about the experience of others in order to learn how to care and love well! 

Our Faith

We're Christians. We love Jesus and trust Him. We also try to be more like Him, showing love and compassion to everyone.

Our Musical Interest

We are music lovers! It's constantly playing in our home and we love going to concerts.
Kyle plays guitar, piano, and several other instruments and has a profession that allows him to continually develop his musical skills. Some of Kyle's favorite musicians are: Victor Wooten, Mumford and Sons, and Needtobreathe.
Emily really enjoys listening to music. Some of her favorites are The Head and the Heart, Coldplay, and the soundtrack to Hamilton.

About our Home

We live in a beautiful historic home! We've enjoyed making updates and improvements to our house over the years we've lived here. One of our favorite features is a wood-burning fireplace in our large living room that keeps our home warm and cozy during the cooler part of the year. We also have a large fenced-in backyard with a garden, raspberry bushes, and a mature mulberry tree that provides fruit and vegetables for us to snack on all summer long.

Our Children and our Family

We love being parents and count it a privilege to love and raise them. We have two sons, Asher (6 years old), Owen (2), and a daughter, Eden (4). They are very close and are super excited about having another sibling!

Our families are excited about us pursuing adoption again! Kyle's parents visit every week and popping in to cheer on our kids at their sporting events! Emily's parents and a couple of her siblings live just a couple hours away and regularly visit as well! Emily comes from a family of 8 and has two sisters who were adopted into her family as young children.  Adoption has a special place in the hearts of our extended family and they are eager to meet the newest addition to our family.

We live in the state of...

Indiana

Our Neighborhood

We love our neighborhood. Our house is located between a beautiful lake with a beach and a splash pad, and a small Christian college campus. We have really kind and friendly neighbors and live a short walk from lots of places to play and explore, including paved biking trails through the woods, a creek our kids love to explore, a couple of playgrounds, and some local shops and restaurants.
We have an incredible and diverse school system with over 30 different languages spoken by students. Our kids will grow up in a school that offers Dual Language Immersion and will have the opportunity to become bi-lingual through their education. Our county has over 100 lakes, and in the summer we enjoy riding on our boat, going tubing and swimming on the lake just a few blocks from our house.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 2 years old

Twins

We'd happily adopt twins!

Gender

We would be equally delighted to adopt a girl or a boy.

Sibling Group

Yes! With the oldest up to 3 years old!

Ethnicity of ChildAfrican American, African American/Any
Future Contact with Birth Family

We would love to have an open relationship with you and share letters, pictures, emails, and visits if that is your preference!

In Closing

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and consider us in your child! Our hearts and our home are ready to welcome your child! We promise to teach your child about Jesus and provide them with unconditional love, encouragement, connection, a multi-cultural education, and a bright future! We are open to letters, emails, pictures, and visits if you are comfortable. Please know that we are praying for you and want you to feel supported and loved as you make plans for your child.

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